Images flow in and out of memory. They recur, though they invariably shift and wander, forever altering their orientation and alliances. In her work, Bora Baboçi explores the elusive nature of memory through the process of embodied composition.
She draws upon an imaginary of aquatic qualities, its depths becoming surfaces, transparencies fading into opacities amid seemingly infinite images of fragile narration. The work comprises an engulfing, dreamlike drawing – a composition in waiting – and footage of the artist’s collaborative enquiry with choreographer Gentian Doda.
The two offer instructions to the visitors on ways to interact with the composition – and to thus participate in its becoming. In her non-linear, iterative enquiry, the artist reflects on how the perception of belonging, origin stories and their seemingly natural qualities occur within the constraints of body, space and time, while inevitably being at odds with all three.
In this, she keeps company with American writer Gertrude Stein, who muses that “composition is not there, it is going to be there and we are here. This is some time ago for us naturally”.
Bora Baboçi (1988, AL) has a background in architecture and spatial research, which she pursues parallel to her artistic practice. Her artistic work ranges from drawings to performative installations, exploring emotional embodiment and how it can be traced and rooted in spaces.
Baboçi uses real or fictionalised spatial settings to disentangle our drives and altered states towards shelter, eros, alienation, belonging. Through her work she explores perceptions of physical space and how this relates to our realm of experience.
Bora Baboçi (born 1988 in Tirana, lives in Tirana)
nëse rrimë natyrshëm [if we stay naturally]
Colour and graphite pencil on paper, 250×300cm. (Three sheets at 250x100cm. each); video, colour, sound, 31.00 min.
Video made in collaboration with Gentian Doda